Readings and poems for love and marriage

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Touch hearts with a poem or reading

Readings and poems about love and marriage can be used at a wedding, civil partnership or vow renewal ceremony and can touch the hearts of both the couple and the guests, making the occasion even more special. They can evoke feelings of love, unity, and hope for the future. (If you are looking for poems for a baby or child naming ceremony follow this link).

Here are a few of my favourites:

  1. Once in a lifetime

    Once in a lifetime you find someone
    who touches not only your heart, but also your soul.
    Once in a lifetime you discover someone
    who stands beside you, not over you.
    You find someone who loves you for who you are,
    and not for who you could be.
    Once in a lifetime, you find someone…
    As you/we have found each other.

Anon

  1. The one

    When the one whose hand you are holding
    Is the one who holds your heart
    When the one whose eyes you gaze into
    Gives your hopes and dreams their start,
    When the one you think of first and last
    Is the one who holds you tight,
    And the things you plan together
    Make the whole world seem just right,
    When the one whom you believe in
    Puts their faith and trust in you,
    You’ve found the one and only love
    You’ll share your whole life through.

Anon

  1. Here’s To Right Now

You’re surrounded by your loved ones
And all are wishing you well,
As you create a brand new chapter
In the story that’s yours to tell.

We talk about the memories
You have yet to make together
And the moments you’ve already shared
To be carried with you forever.

But take the time to live today
As your marriage begins,
Look around and soak it up;
the moment we are in.

For this is where the magic starts
When you both say your vows.
You pledge to spend your lives as one
Because of the love you feel now.

So yes, here’s to a future
that is bright and warm and clear.
But more than that, here’s to right now
And what it means to be here.

by Ms Moem

4. On your wedding day

Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as Husband and Wife

It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be times when you
Both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lives unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I Do’

And with luck all your hopes and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts.

Anon

  1. Now we will feel no rain

Now we will feel no rain,
for each of us will be shelter for the other.
Now we will feel no cold,
for each of us will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of us will be companion to the other.
We are two bodies, but there are three lives before us:
my life, your life and our life together.

When evening falls, I will look up and there you’ll be.
I’ll take your hand you’ll take mine
And we’ll turn together to look at the road we travelled
to reach this the hour of our happiness.
It stretches behind us as the future lies ahead,
a long and winding road whose every turning means discovery.
Old hopes, new laughter and shared tears.
The adventure has just begun.

From an American Indian Marriage Ceremony – version 2

  1. May the sun bring you new energy by day

    May the sun bring you new energy by day;
    May the moon softly restore you by night.
    May the rain wash away your worries
    And the breeze blow new strength into your being.
    And all the days of your life may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty.
    Now you can feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
    Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
    Now there will be no more loneliness.
    Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
    Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together,
    And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

From an American Indian Marriage Ceremony – version 1

7. If you can always be

If you can always be as close
and happy as today,
Yet be secure enough to grow
and change along the way…

If you can keep for you alone
your love as man and wife.
yet find the time to share your joy,
with others in your life…

If you can be as one,
and walk through marriage
hand in hand,
yet still support the goals and dreams
that each of you have planned…

If you can dare to always go
your separate ways together
Then all the wonders of today
will stay with you forever.

Larry S Chengges

  1. A promise is but a mark of a new beginning

    Today, before all the world, the lamp of your love has been formally lit.
    Keep it warm and bright with mutual concern.
    Replenish the source of its light with daily care, with gentleness and respect.
    Take it with you into the highways and byways of your lives ahead.
    Try it – test it – but let it not burn dry with your indifference,
    Let it not flicker or grow dim through your carelessness.
    Nurture it,
    Foster it,
    Rejoice in it.
    And make it a truly creative source,
    Not only for yourselves,
    But for all who behold the flame.

Anon

  1. A walled garden

    Your marriage should have within it, a secret and protected place, open to you alone.
    Imagine it to be a walled garden, entered by a door to which only you hold the key.
    Within this garden you will cease to be a mother, father, employee, homemaker or any other of the roles which you fulfil in daily life.
    Here you are yourselves – two people who love each other. Here you can concentrate on one another’s needs.
    So take each other’s hands and go forth to your garden.
    The time you spend together is not wasted but invested. Invested in your future and the nurture of your love.

Anon

  1. True love

    True love is a sacred flame
    That burns eternally,
    And none can dim its special glow
    Or change its destiny.

True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.

True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.

Anon

11. The keys to love

The key to love is understanding…
the ability to comprehend
not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures,
the little things that say
so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiveness…
to accept each other’s faults
and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting –
but with remembering
what you learn from them.

The key to love is trust…
though dark doubts lay
in hollowed thoughts,
it must shine brightly on
with reassuring radiance
that suppresses fear with faith.

The key to love is sharing…
facing your good fortunes
as well as the bad, together,
both conquering problems
forever searching for ways
to intensify your happiness.

The key to love is giving…
without thought of return,
but with hope of just a simple smile
and giving-in, but never up.

The key to love is respect…
realising that you are two separate people
with different ideas;
that you don’t belong to each other,
but you belong with each other
and share a mutual bond.

The key to love is inside us all…
it takes time and patience
to unlock all the ingredients
that will take you to its threshold;
it is a continual learning process
that demands lots of work…
but the rewards are more than worth the effort…
And you are the key to me.

Anon

  1. Doves

    Two doves meeting in the sky
    Two loves hand in hand, eye to eye
    Two parts of a loving whole
    Two hearts and a single soul
    Two stars shining big and bright
    Two fires bringing warmth and light
    Two songs played in perfect tune
    Two flowers growing into bloom
    Two doves gliding in the air
    Two loves free without a care
    Two parts of a loving whole
    Two hearts and a single soul
    Two dreams found before too late
    Two lives together bound by fate
    Two people cling to one another
    Two people in love with each other
    Two doves, can you see them soar?
    Two loves – who could ask for more?

Anon

  1. The cake of marriage

Take half a pound of attraction and mix with four ounces of good humour and two ounces of charm.
Mix together in a conducive atmosphere and add a sprinkling of encouragement. In a separate bowl, mix equal quantities of fidelity, forgiveness and forgetfulness.
Combine the two together in harmony and moisten with half a pint of laughter and a generous trickle of common sense.
Add as much love as the mixture can hold, without becoming too sticky or solid.
Stir for as long as it takes to ensure there are no lumps, then season with hope.
Pour into a suitable house and bake moderately for ever after.
Eat with contentment.

Anon

  1. The Beauty of Love

The question is asked: “Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage? Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?” And the answer is given: “Yes, there is a more beautiful thing.

“It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path. Their hands are gnarled but still clasped; their faces are seamed but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired but still strong with love and devotion. Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. Old love.”
Unknown

For the couple to say:

  1. Eskimo Love Song

    You are my husband, you are my wife
    My feet shall run because of you
    My feet dance because of you
    My heart shall beat because of you
    My eyes see because of you
    My mind thinks because of you
    And I shall love, because of you.

Anon

16. These I can promise

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart’s devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that’s ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)